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Dell fills Equallogic blade servers full of hard drives

Extreme storage density
Tue Jun 12 2012, 15:04
Dell PowerEdge R210 II server

TIN BOX FLOGGER Dell has announced its Equallogic storage blade arrays for virtualised environments.

Dell and other vendors offer blade servers that claim extreme compute density, but now the firm has brought the blade concept to storage arrays. The firm's Equallogic PS-MS4110 blade array can provide 56TB of storage capacity within a single blade array chassis.

According to Dell, set up of the Equallogic PS-MS4110 arrays can be done in an hour and allows users to grow storage capacity outside the blade chassis. The firm said its blade server kit can support capacities over 2PB.

While Dell's Equallogic PS-MS4110 provides impressive storage density, the firm pointed out that it supports Microsoft, VMware and Linux operating systems and offers data safeguards such as snapshots, cloning and replicas. The firm said users can mix and match hard drives and solid-state disk (SSD) drives within an enclosure.

With server firms pushing cloud and 'big data' to flog equipment, the demands on storage arrays have grown in terms of capacity and performance. Although Dell's storage blades don't tackle the performance aspect of the problem, it takes now mature blade design principles and applies them to hard drives, something its rivals will undoubtedly be quick to follow.

Dell will release its Equallogic PS-MS4110 storage array this Autumn. µ


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